One word: YUM!
I made these on Fri for Laura's Halloween Party and then again on Sat for Shawn's party. Pics of our costumes will be posted tomorrow.
I couldn't decide what to make for Laura's party. I had a zillion ideas but pretzels came to mind while I was at swim practice at 6am Fri morning. I had heard of chocolate dipped pretzels for the winter holidays, but I decided to do my own Halloween/black and orange spin on this easy recipe.
Athletes are pretty familiar with pretzels and they seem to be a staple in the taper-diet of an Ironman athlete. Not sure if it is the salt or the carbs, but I must say that pretzels do make a yummy snack. Although pretzels do make a healthy snack compared to many chips which are high in fat or sodium, the calories in pretzels can add up as you reach in the bag and before you know it, you've been snacking for more than 10 minutes. Here's the nutrition facts for the pretzels I used in this recipe:
Snyder's of Hanover Old Tyme PretzelsServing Size: 3 pretzels
Total fat: 1g
Sugars: less than 1g
Ingredients: unbleached wheat flour, water, canola oil, salt, malt, yeast, soda.
It's been a while since I've been to a mall but isn't it hard to resistant the delicious smell of Auntie Anne's Pretzels? It doesn't matter where you are in the mall, the fresh dough and strong cinnamon flavor are overpowering. I'm sure it takes a lot of willpower to resist the temptation of that little kiosk right near the food court. You may as well plan for a meal if you consider choosing one of the Auntie Anne's pretzels for a snack.
Nutrition of Auntie Anne's Pretzels:
Cinnamon sugar pretzel: 470 calories, 12g fat, 7g saturated fat, 400mg sodium, 84g carb, 29g sugar, 8g protein
Garlic pretzel: 350 calories, 5g fat, 3g saturated fat, 990mg sodium, 65g carbohydrate, 2g fiber, 10g sugar, 8g protein
Jumbo pretzel dog: 610 calories, 29g fat, 13g saturated fat, 1g trans fat, 1150mg sodium, 67g carbohydrate, 2g fiber, 10g sugars, 19g protein
Original pretzel: 340 calories, 5g fat, 3g saturated fat, 1060 mg sodium, 63g carbohydrate, 9g sugar, 8g protein
Party pretzels (12 pretzels): 2140 calories, 32g fat, 18g saturated fat, .5g trans fat, 6150mg sodium, 405g carbs, 61g sugar, 49g protein
I hope you enjoy my sweet treat for the holidays, for entertaining or to give as a gift to a friend or loved one. Enjoy!
Chocolate and Peanut Butter-dipped Pretzels
1/4 cup milk chocolate chips
1/4 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
1/4 cup dark chocolate chips
1/3 cup natural peanut butter (I used Skippy natural)
Old Tyme pretzels
1. Melt chocolate chips in a microwave safe bowl for 90 seconds. Stir and continue melting for intervals of 30 seconds, then stirring, until chocolate is smooth and easy to stir.
2. Melt peanut butter in microwave safe bowl for 45 seconds. Stir in a dash or two of cinnamon.
3. On a large baking dish or plate, lined with tinfoil, lay out pretzels.
4. One by one, hold the pretzel by the bottom with the two round edges ready to be dipped.
5. With a spoon in each bowl, spoon a little chocolate on one side of the pretzel and peanut butter on the other side. You can do both sides of the pretzel or just the front of the pretzel.
6. Chill for at least 20 minutes in the refrigerator.
*this would be a great dish to make with your kids and yes, licking the spoon after you are done is allowed :)